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No, it’s not safe for dogs to eat chips. While some dogs can eat chips without problems, it depends on how much they eat. That being said, this tasty snack has no nutritional value and contains lots of sodium, oil, fat, and carbs, which can typically be detrimental to your dog’s health.

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Caution: This food is generally considered risky by the veterinary community. Dogs should not eat this food and should be monitored for adverse effects.

Food Safety Exercise caution, avoid feeding
Nutritional Issues Sodium from salt, fat from oil, chemicals from artificial flavoring
Potential Risks cardiovascular issues, weight gain
Poisoning Symptoms vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, drooling, dehydration
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

How Many Chips are Unsafe for Dogs?

While a single chip or two won’t harm your dog, keeping this snack away from them is best. However, if your canine companion eats an entire bag of chips, monitor its health for a couple of hours and take it to the vet if it starts to experience negative side effects.

What Makes Chips Unsafe?

Chips typically contain a ton of carbs, fat, oils, salt, and other processed ingredients that can be toxic for dogs if consumed in massive quantities.

Signs Your Dog Ate Too Many Chips

If you think your dog ate too many chips, your best bet is to watch out for symptoms. These typically include dehydration, gas, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach aches. OF course, these aren’t fatal. But it’s best to take your dog to the vet if these symptoms don’t go away with time.

Common Chips Ingredients

  • Potatoes-Potatoes are fine for dogs to eat. However, too much of anything can lead to health issues in dogs.
  • Salt-large amounts of salt can be toxic for dogs. If it eats too many chips in one go, the worst that can happen is diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain.
  • Oil– Feeding your dog a lot of oily snacks daily can lead to obesity and other health problems in the long term.
  • Sugar-Some chips might also contain sugar, which can lead to tooth decay and weight gain in dogs.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • It’s best to avoid feeding your dog chips that come from a packet. Instead, a healthier snack would be homemade chips that don’t contain any seasonings.

  • It entirely depends on the number of chips you feed your dog. A single chip or two won’t cause any harm to your dog’s health.

  • No, any type of processed food item is not good for your dog. Sure, giving a chip or two occasionally won’t hurt your dog. But it’s typically best to avoid feeding them salty treats.

About the Writer
Dan Greco , Dog Dad

Having been a dog dad for 5 years, I know how hard it is to make sure your dog gets the right nutrients and stays away from hazardous foods. With the help of a veterinarian who specializes in nutrition, I created this blog to help dog owners quickly access food information they need.

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About the Contributor
Dr. Hillary Wolfe , Veterinarian & Certified Food Therapist

Dr. Wolfe holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University and holds nutrition certifications from the NAVC and CIVT. Her business, Tula Veterinary Nutrition, hosts online courses that teach owners how to cook for their pet for optimal health and longevity. Follow her on Instagram at @doctorwolfe.dvm for dog nutrition tips, recipes and insights.